Looking out for yourself at this testing and strange time is so important. So many people have had their daily routines thrown into chaos. Many are unable to go to work, some are having to homeschool their kids, and some even know people who have been affected by the virus.
You don’t need to do the absolute most at this time. Doing your best, which is sometimes not a lot, is more than enough. Read on for some advice that anybody can use during this time:
Focus On Your Physical Health
Putting a focus on your physical health and doing what you can for yourself will benefit you physically and mentally. See if you can go for a walk each day, even if it’s short. Do some yoga, even for 5 minutes in the morning. Fuel your body in a way that makes you feel good – vegetables and water are a great addition to any diet, but don’t feel like you can’t eat cake and chocolate!
Spend time outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Take deep breaths and remind yourself to breathe deeply. Put an emphasis on sleep hygiene and go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each day, even though you may not have to. Avoid destructive behaviors that make you feel worse about yourself.
Most importantly, listen to your body.
Set And Maintain A Routine
Setting and maintaining a routine even though you might not have to right now should give you some semblance of normality. Only focus on the things you can control, though. Don’t beat yourself up if you struggle at first.
Take The Path Of Least Resistance
What would the path of least resistance be for you right now? Sometimes, this is the wisest path to take. Nothing good comes easy, but at this time, relaxing could be the best thing to do. Taking time to unwind is so important when you want to reduce stress and feel good.
If you’re stressed from doing things you don’t want to do, you could weaken your immune system. This could leave you more susceptible to illness, and a single cough can produce 3,000 droplets. That’s the last thing you want to have to deal with right now.
Connect With Others
Although you’re looking out for yourself, make sure you connect with those you care about. This doesn’t mean answering the phone whenever they want to speak to you. Set boundaries, and stick to them. Arrange to speak with them at a set time, and catch up. You don’t need to make yourself available 24/7, even if you’re not working.
Release The Pressure
Don’t pay attention to people on social media that still appear to be doing the most. Stop putting yourself under pressure to do anything more than your best. When you release the pressure and too high expectations, you’ll feel so much happier and more capable.
How are you looking out for yourself right now?